SEL; Student Supports; Victimization; Trauma; Education Research; Teaching Strategies; Health; Discipline; Resources & Upcoming Events
School Climate Connection Newsletter
 Social Emotional Learning

SEL in K-12 Classrooms
Researchers, educators, parents, teachers, and youth advocates across the country increasingly agree that learning and practicing social and emotional skills in tandem with academics is crucial to K-12 student success. Learn more in the report issued by The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development and in a discussion of the report in EdSource.

SEL Research Studies
Included in Edutopia's 2017 education research highlights are two SEL studies discussed under the heading "The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning."

 Integrated Student Supports

Making the Grade: A Progress Report and Next Steps for Integrated Student Supports
In recent years, the education field has come to recognize the role of schools in supporting student health, safety, and well-being by developing integrated student support (ISS) initiatives that offer specific services and supports to students and their families to build a foundation for academic success. These initiatives help schools connect struggling children with secure housing, medical care, food assistance, tutoring, and other critical supports. Making the Grade includes lessons learned from implementation studies, interviews with principals, cost-benefit analyses, and evaluations.

ISS Webinar
Child Trends will host a webinar on Tuesday, January 30 at 11:00 am (PT) to discuss the evidence base for integrated student supports. 


The National Center for Education Statistics released a new report in January that contains estimates of student criminal and bullying victimization at school by selected student characteristics and school conditions; reports of bullying victimization and other indicators of school disorder; school security measures; and student avoidance behavior.

According to the report, nearly 3 percent of students, ages 12-18, reported that they were the victims of crime at school in the previous six months, according to results from a 2015 survey. During school year 2014-15, these students reported being bullied at school at more than twice the rate (51.1 percent) of the students who reported not being victims of crime (20.0 percent).


Students with traumatic experiences bring those experiences with them to school. Many children and adolescents walk into schools and classrooms carrying toxic levels of stress. They are on edge, and their neuro-anatomy is in a state of dysregulation, which drives their behaviors and makes it difficult for them to learn. Read about four strategies that can help foster a feeling of safety.

See additional resources in sidebar.

 Education Research

2017 Education Research Highlights
In this article, Edutopia highlights twelve studies that educators should know about, on everything from the benefits of mentors to the most effective studying strategies.

 Teaching Strategies

Effective Praise Strategies
Praise enhances on-task comportment, engagement, effort, and participation. To motivate children, praise should be: perceived as sincere, earned, and truthful; specific; not directive; focused on process, not ability; immediate; and unexpected. Read more about giving meaningful praise to inspire and reinforce positive behavior. 


Insufficient sleep among children and adolescents is associated with an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, attention and behavior problems, and poor academic performance. A new CDC study of YRBS state-level data finds that a large percentage of secondary students do not get enough sleep on school nights and advises promoting sleep health in schools, addition of sleep health to curricula, and delaying school start times to permit students adequate time for sleep.


California Leaders Must Act to Extend Progress on School Discipline
According to data recently released by the California Department of Education, the state is suspending fewer students, promoting alternatives to harsh school discipline, and helping more young people stay in school.  This is the fifth year in a row of declining student suspensions and expulsions.  Dr. Robert Ross, CEO of The California Endowment, emphasizes that California students and parents have been at the forefront of a national movement to promote common-sense school discipline policies, and their hard work is paying off, citing CHKS data as one example.

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SCCN #64  01/27/18
In this issue:

 Student Supports
 Education Research
 Teaching Strategies
Upcoming Events

Free Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid training from CDE
Information  &  Flyer

Suicide Brief
Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America: Policy Brief and Recommendations
Suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults is a key focus for the report.
Download the brief

Trauma Care Book
Creating Healing School Communities: School-based Interventions for Students Exposed to Trauma
Book information

 Upcoming Events

FREE Webinars
Making the Grade: A Progress Report and Next Steps for Integrated Student Supports
Tue, Jan 30, 11:00 am (PT)
Information & Registration

Webinar Series: Hosted by WestEd's School Climate and Wellness Partnership

Refueling Mid-Year: Self and Collective Care for School-Based Staff 
Wed, Feb 20, 11:00 am (PT)
Information & Registration

Crossing the Finish Line: Student Wellness and End-of-Year Transitions
Wed, Apr 11, 11:00 am (PT)
Information & Registration

Webinar Series:
Homeless Youth and Schools

Understanding Doubled-Up
Wed, Jan 31, 11:00 am (PT)

Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility under ESSA
Mon, Feb 5, 11:00 am (PT)

McKinney-Vento School Selection Rights Under ESSA
Tue, Feb 13, 11:00 am (PT)

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students Under ESSA
Tue, Feb 27, 11:00 pm (PT)
Information & Registration

PACE Conference
Fulfilling the Promise of the Local Control Funding Formula
Fri, Feb 2, 2018
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
Information & Registration

CA Student Mental Wellness Conference
Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2018
Rocklin, CA
Information & Registration

School Climate Conference
Apr 15 - 17, 2018
Temecula, CA
Information & Registration
The School Climate Connection Newsletter is provided through a partnership between the California Department of Education and WestEd. Its purpose is to disseminate current information about, and provide educators with, learning supports for school climate assessment and intervention, including up-to-date information on California's School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey System (CalSCHLS).

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